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Looking for my first "real" IEMs

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hey there.

So yeah, as the tittle says, im looking for my firs "real" set of IEMs in order to listen to my favorite band's upcoming album and enjoy it as much as possible, and also to enjoy all of my other music aswell.

The budget is not much really, i've looked around and seen some $300 sets of earphones and while i have no doubt they sound great, the sad truth is that im just a college student that loves his music a little bit too much. Having that said, the budget is somewhere around the $70-100.

I've done some research around that budget and i've seen a lot of love for the Klipsch Image, but i'd like to know what else is out there.

What im looking for is a set that is durable (they will be abused, probably 5+ hours of use a day), obviously that it sounds good (They will be playing mostly metal), and that they have decent noise isolation.

Hope you guys can help me out. Thanks!

post #2 of 15

For around $100 the IEM's that I have or heard that I think are good is the Yamaha EPH-100, Creative Aurvana In Ear 3 and the Shure SE215.  Also the Atrio MG7's are really good for bass and have good mids and highs as well and you can get them for $100 on the Atrio website with the discount code CostProg50%.

post #3 of 15

If you haven't already, a good place to start is always ljokerl's IEM review thread.

post #4 of 15

Agreed. Best place to start looking is in ijokers multi iem thread. Take your time, read it slowly, can be slightly overwhelming at first but there's some excellent information in there that will give you a better idea where to start out.


Edited by H20Fidelity - 3/24/12 at 12:32am
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

will do i already found the thread, thanks!

post #6 of 15

There is no shortage of information on this site, it just takes some time to locate it, process it and to determine what sort of IEM will meet your needs.  Here is another thread to help you out: http://www.head-fi.org/t/541204/concise-multi-iem-comparison-atomic-floyd-superdarts-remote-added-march-1st-2012.  Good luck.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Lol no way :P

Those atrios for 100% seem like a steal, im thinking about going for those

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Yenasty5 View Post

...they will be abused...


If you're going to get your first "real" IEMs, then I would suggest that you don't abuse them, and instead, baby them. wink.gif

It's what I did when I got my first "real" IEMs too..

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

What i meant by abuse was that they are going to be heavily used

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

Ok so im going over to the states next week and i have a $80 budget.. any sugestions?

post #11 of 15

I would suggest you SE215 because of the 2-year warranty, very strong kevlar cable (I'm a student like you, durability is important for both of us!) and obsviuosly... the pretty good sound! rolleyes.gif

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Razor92 View Post

I would suggest you SE215 because of the 2-year warranty, very strong kevlar cable (I'm a student like you, durability is important for both of us!) and obsviuosly... the pretty good sound! rolleyes.gif



Yeah im almost 100% set on buying the Shures, i've read a lot of good stuff and since i've never gone past the 20$ mark i hope they will be a major improvement  =)

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Sorry for shamelessly bumping this thread but i have another question.

I haven't really looked into full sized headphones because i would be using the mostly on my cellphone and on my laptop and some of them that i've tried, the volume is really low even when maxed. I really have no idea how impedance or whatever it is called works so that's why i looked for IEMs first since i would be using them mostly on my laptop and cellphone.

Would anyone care to explain to me how that works please? Thanks in advance.

post #14 of 15

I am by no means very educated on this. But basically, what you are experiencing the fact that iems usually have much less ohms and more sensitivty, lets say we compaire se215's (16-32 ohms right guys?) with some Beyerdynamic 80 ohms, with the ohms which lower the current, they will be much less loud that the IEMs which have a higher ohm+sensitivity, this is a quick answer, someone else will probably answer this better. Also, Maybe consider HF5's? Might be kinda dangerous though...

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Yenasty5 View Post

Sorry for shamelessly bumping this thread but i have another question.

I haven't really looked into full sized headphones because i would be using the mostly on my cellphone and on my laptop and some of them that i've tried, the volume is really low even when maxed. I really have no idea how impedance or whatever it is called works so that's why i looked for IEMs first since i would be using them mostly on my laptop and cellphone.

Would anyone care to explain to me how that works please? Thanks in advance.


Impedance is basically how much resistance the headphones put in the circuit. It's not always linked to volume directly, but high-impedance headphones tend to benefit from amping (which inputs more power). Most IEMs and DJ-style and portable headphones will go to decent volumes and sound fine out of a phone or laptop, though.

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